Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hope's 2nd Birthday

Hope turned 2 on July 3rd. She had two parties - one on the 3rd for close family, friends and neighbors, aka grown-ups and then the following Saturday she had a party for all her cousins and daycare friends at Kiddie Wonderland. I didn't go to the kiddie party - my back was out - but I do have some great shots from the first party and other assorted festivus stuff.

The morning started with working at her brand new art desk - a gift from Mommy and Daddy
thinking about her birthday

Time for a quick nap

She practiced surprise faces with Daddy
Came in handy when opening her gift from Aunt Lauren

Trying to decide who to use her new magic wand on

Uncle Mike, who owns a restaurant - arrives early to BBQ for us and act as human helicopter

The cake

 Hope's reaction to everyone singing Happy Birthday
I think her expression looks a lot like ...

... her expression when everyone sang on her first birthday

Help from Daddy to blow out her candle

It rained most of the day so we moved to the carport
Thankfully we were just a few people
Last year there were 72 people

Ice cream cake brain freeze

Dancing for Papou

Hope got a lot of dress up stuff as gifts. Although exhausted she had to try some out ...

Getting sleepy as Olivia (a cartoon pig)

Dressing as a Princess for Daddy before bed

Waiting to leave the following week for her kiddie party

She wanted to carry her #2 candle

Mommy and Daddy were taking too long to get ready

As I mentioned above it rained most of the day on the 3rd and all the adults were whining
My favorite moment from Hope's big day was when we joined hands and went out into the middle of the backyard to twirl around in circles and stick out our tongues
Hope told me - "Nana, I love this rain."


Jackie said...

Oh my goodness she's too cute! But I thought it was only her 1st birthday a couple of months ago? I can't believe she's 2 already - growing up fast!

They're all such stunning photos - this blog is going to be a great testament to her one day of just how much her Nana adores her!

Sylvia K said...

Thanks for sharing the fun, Dianne! What a great party and Hope gets more adorable every day! Can't believe she's already two!! Have a great weekend and give Hope a belated Happy Birthday hug!


Ron said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Hope!

Happy Birthday toooooooo yoooooooooou!

Hip-hip hooray!!!!!!!

Dianne, this post is so precious I could SCREAM!

Awesome photos! And I just about fell off my chair laughing, when I saw the one of Hope eating her ice cream cake with the caption....

"Ice cream cake brain freeze"

Bwhahahahahahaahaha! What an adorable face!

Love her little costumes too!

Thanks so much for sharing this day with us, dear lady. Enjoyed!

X and hugs to you and Hope!

Grayquill said...

Spinning that what threw your back out?
How did two years go by?
Happy Birthday - Hope!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a wonderful post, Dianne. Hope is a darling!

—Kay, Alberta, Canada

Micky-T said...

I like the brain freeze shot. Classic!

Jay Simser said...

So sorry about your back, hope it is better. Hope is a darling (as always) and a blessing to all of us thanks to you for sharing.

Rambling Woods said...

Awww...she really is 'Hope' for you Nana and how much you both mean to each other....Feel better...hugs..

fermicat said...

Wow, she's getting big and growing up so fast! Hard to believe she is already two. Enjoy her (and I can tell you are)!

Linda Reeder said...

Two already! And every day more beautiful and full of joyful surprises. With you, Nana, rain, and everything else, is fun!

Mike said...

She is just a little cutie.

Daryl said...

She is such a great actress and model .. daddy looks like he lost weight .. and I am hoping you are feeling better xoxo

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Hope, it seems to me, has the most absolutely perfect name!

Happy Birthday, Hope!

Akelamalu said...

2 already?????? Gosh where has the time gone? Happy birthday Hope. x

CrystalChick said...

Wonderful photos of a very fun day!
Happy birthday to your beautiful Hope.

DJan said...

She is just beautiful. And I also wish her the happiest coming year. How did she get to be two years old so quickly? It was just yesterday... :-)

ellen abbott said...

I can't believe she's two already. Such a heart stealer.

Kay Dennison said...

She's darling -- but growing up far too fast!!!!!!!!!!

ds said...

I love watching Hope grow up--thank you for sharing her. Two, already--wow!!

Au and Target said...

Happy Birthday, Hope! Looks like a fun party.

Reb said...

As others have said, it is hard to believe she is two already. Great photos, she is so cute. Sorry you put your back out.

~Just me again~ said...

Wow, she's beautiful.

Bijoux said...

What a beautiful family you have! Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl.

Linda said...

Everyone should hope to have such a wonderful birthday party no matter how old he or she may be turning!

And I really can't believe that Hope is two years old already. How did that happen?!?

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

She's so adorable! Our great grandsons are in town -- the youngest is just a little younger, he will turn 2 on August 5. He is keeping grandma and grandpa hopping (our daugher and sil) and us too when we get a chance!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

She's so adorable! Our great grandsons are in town -- the youngest is just a little younger, he will turn 2 on August 5. He is keeping grandma and grandpa hopping (our daugher and sil) and us too when we get a chance!

HermanTurnip said...

*Very* cool! Looks like everyone had a great time. Hey, can Mike come on over for our Tyler's 2nd birthday next year? Hmmm...BBQ! ;-)

nitebyrd said...

Looks like it was a great party! She's such a doll!

Hilary said...

Two years like (snap) that! Happy Birthday to your little darling. She's such a joy.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How did I miss this?? So Sorry...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR HOPE...(Belated, thou it is....)
Adorable Darling Pictures of such an Adorable Darling 2 year old! (HOW COULD SHE BE TWO ALREADY??? She was just born...)
Looks like she had a GREAT Birthday!

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